We specialise in furniture collection and we can collect your unwanted furniture and white goods in the Stroud District. The service is free of charge and at your convenience. The items we can collect are:
- Sofas and chairs
- Beds and mattresses (both double and single)
- Tables and chairs
- Chest of drawers
- Fridges and freezers
- Ad-hoc furniture items
The Stroud District Furniture Bank’s most requested items are chest of drawers and beds (both single and double). However, we can collect all sorts of furniture. In the past two years have taken in a host of weird and wonderful items ranging from Singer sewing machine treadles to Edwardian commodes! If we get items which are not suitable for our families, such as Edwardian commodes, we sell these to raise funds for the project. These sales are vital for ensuring our enterprise can run and keep employing more and more staff.
In the past two years, our furniture collection project has distributed 318 chest of drawers and 315 beds to families in the District. We are seeing our demand rise and rise and so our need for items such as these is only going to go up.
Unfortunately, we are unable to collect smaller bric-a-brac and kitchen items. This is because we are currently focusing on collecting larger furniture items which our families find harder to get hold of.
We have the skills and infrastructure to help people donate furniture they no longer need and distribute it out to families in the District who do need it. Read below for more information on our furniture collection services or do give us a call to talk anything through on 01453 367260 or fill out a collection form.
What condition do the items need to be in?
Collection of furniture and white goods is free of charge so long as they are in good condition. We are providing furniture for vulnerable families and so we need to offer them dignity and respect by ensuring the items are in suitable condition. If you are unsure please do give us a call and we will happily confirm.
We are not expecting items to be new and we love furniture removal and recycling, therefore there we understand there will be general usage on the items we collect. However, if there are items which are not in a good re-usable condition then we won’t be able to re-use them and so therefore will not be able to collect them, in particular this applies to mattresses and sofas where we need them to be clear from marks and stains. For most other items we can do minor repairs and can clean and buff out any marks.
What about fire labels?
Any furniture with soft furnishings such as sofas, beds and chairs with a padded base, made after 1970, will need fire labels for us legally to be able to use them.
This often frustrates us, however even if there was originally a fire label and it has fallen off we still can’t legally use the item. This also applies to sets of sofas and mattresses and divans, each component needs a fire label and we can only take the items in the set which have the fire labels on.
If the items were made before 1970 they are classed as ‘antiques’ and so therefore don’t need a fire label. We will happily take these items and find them a new home, usually selling them to raise vital funds.
Where can I find the fire labels?
- Sofas and armchairs – the label should be at the very base or underneath the cushions if they remove.
- Mattresses – this will be a little blue label sewn on one end of the mattress
- Divan bed bases – this will be a little blue label sewn on one end of the divan
- Dining chairs – the label will be underneath the padded base as you turn the chair upside down.
If you need help finding a fire label or are not sure if an item is pre-1970 please do give us a call and we will walk you through it.
Furniture collection near me?
Our furniture collection service operates from a variety of locations in the Stroud District including, but not exclusively, Stroud, Minchinhampton, Painswick, Dursley, Wotton Under Edge, Chalford, Cirencester, Tetbury and Nailsworth. If you are unsure if you are in our collection area do give us a call and we will let you know.
We have a fleet of vans who are driving around this area daily. At the moment, our drivers can only work Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm, so any furniture removal will need to take place between those hours. However, if you have a garage the items can be placed in we will happily collect the furniture from there without anyone being in. Unfortunately, the furniture cannot be left outside due to ever-changeable British weather, however they can be left in a covered porch for our drivers to collect if you able not able to be in.
We don’t need the furniture to be brought outside on the day of collection, in fact, we would prefer it if you did not bring them outside in case it rains. Our drivers will collect from your house and will also collect from upstairs and bring the items down. The only exception to this is sofa beds, due to safety reasons our drivers cannot bring these downstairs and will need to collect them from the ground floor.
How much can be collected?
We have three different size furniture removal vans which can collect a single chest of drawers to a whole house of furniture. If you find further items you would like to donate after you have booked your collection that is great! If you are able to give us a call or email and we can ensure we bring along a big enough van.
Is there a cost for furniture collection?
We offer a FREE furniture collection service for all re-usable furniture. There will be no charge if we can use the furniture for our project.
What happens after the furniture collection?
Once the furniture has been collected it will then be taken to our warehouse in Brimscombe where we clean, sort and photograph the furniture. It is from here we add the furniture to our furniture referral website where our clients can then view the pictures, measurements and any item specifics before they choose the item they want. We will then deliver the items direct to their houses. This element of choice is key for our clients, we want to make the process as professional and simple as possible. Items we cannot use for our referral clients are sold to raise funds for the project.
If you would like us to remove your furniture please book a collection.